Perfect Picture Book Friday: NO BEARS ALLOWED and Picture Book Manuscript CRITIQUE Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends!

Today is the first day of summer…and what could be a more perfect selection for our picture book review? Here’s a story about bears and summer and…well, you’ll find out.  Plus, to celebrate the summer solstice and the launch of this adorable book (July 1, 2019), the author, the lovely Lydia Lukidis, is offering a Picture Book Manuscript Critique as a giveaway! What a fabulous prize!

no bears allowed cover

NO BEARS ALLOWED

Written by Lydia Lukidis

Illustrated by Tara J. Hannon

Published by Blue Whale Press (2019)

Ages: 4-7

Themes: Overcoming fears, friendship

Synopsis: From Amazon:

“Rabbit is afraid of many things, but most of all he’s afraid of gigantic, monstery, BEARS! The very nervous Rabbit is soon confronted by his worst fear who appears to be far more interested in making new friends than causing Rabbit any real harm. Despite his apprehension, Rabbit agrees to join his jovial new acquaintance for dinner, but wait a minute . . . is Bear planning to “have” Rabbit for dinner? In this tender story about a very nervous rabbit and a lovable bear, Rabbit discovers that things aren’t always as scary as they seem, and sometimes you may just have more in common with others than you think.”

“Tara J. Hannon’s whimsical, fun, colorful drawings enhance a fine picture book story highly recommended for either independent pursuit by ages 4-7, or read-aloud pleasure.” — D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“This adventure offers an effective brain exercise in graphic storytelling for young readers. . .” — Kirkus Reviews

Why I love this book:

  • Love the refrain about the pointy teeth and sharp claws
  • Love the humor
  • Love the simple message of friendship helping to conquer fears
  • Bold, bright kid-friendly illustrations will have children turning the pages

RELATED ACTIVITIES

paper-bag-puppet-bear-craft-for-kidsPhoto courtesy: https://www.craftymorning.com/paper-bag-bear-puppet-kids-make/

I think you all know how much I love paper bag crafts…inexpensive and so easy for the little ones to work with. For detailed instructions: https://www.craftymorning.com/paper-bag-bear-puppet-kids-make/

For more information about this talented author, please visit: http://lydialukidis.com/

Lydia Ludikas headshot

And remember, Lydia is giving away a picture book critique…which is AWESOME! Just leave a comment below…and don’t forget the best way to let our favorite authors know how much we love their books is to: buy their books, review their books on Amazon, Goodreads, and other review sites, tell friends about the books, and ask our libraries to purchase copies for their collections.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

49 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: NO BEARS ALLOWED and Picture Book Manuscript CRITIQUE Giveaway

  1. A book that shows “Friendship” in all shapes and sizes is important for all of us to grasp. Thank you for sharing. I know my grandsons will love this one–they are infatuated with rabbits and bears.

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  2. Such a cute idea for a picture book that many children will relate to in a fun way. The illustrations add to the charm! Congrats on your new PB, Lydia! Gotta be honest, I’d love to win the Picture Book Manuscript Critique! Enjoyed the blog post interview.

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  3. I love the premise of the story and cannot wait to read it! I also really like the idea of the reality not measuring up to the stereotype. Congratulations on being able to hold your creation in your hands!!

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  4. What a great idea for a picture book ! And congratulations ! I can see the kids being in suspense during the book ! I had rabbit once and I still feel guilty !!!

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  5. Hi Lydia! This book sounds so cute! I am working on a manuscript about a cycle that keeps worrying and can’t wait to get my hands on your book! Goodluck

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  6. Lydia, your book sounds so cute! I’ve got an “Aesop’s Fables’ book, retold and illustrated by Brad Sneed from 2003 and your’s will be added to my collection as your rabbit sounds as though he has enough imagination to create an enticing story, one that’s not covered in Sneed’s book. Congratulations to you and Vivian for posting this.

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  7. Congratulations, Lydia! What an excellent story idea for children who experience social anxiety. My 3-year-old gets nervous around strangers and in new places, so I will definitely be buying her this book. Also, thank you, Vivian, for the great craft idea. We will be making bear puppets soon 🙂

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